Out of steam....

Started Jan 24, 2012 | Discussions
Jim Radcliffe
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Out of steam....

During my lunch hour today I visited Grapevine, Texas to see if any new train related photo-ops might present themselves. I was in luck. The old steam locomotive has been down for repair for almost two years now. The doors of the shed that houses her were open and one of the workmen let me in for a few pictures. Here is one that I really like. Pentax K5 Hand held, f/2.8 1/40s ISO 320 DA* 16-50mm

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Richard DK Senior Member • Posts: 1,102
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My gosh! They are magnificent aren't they?
Dick K.


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eagle2a Senior Member • Posts: 1,894
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Lovely shot Jim. This is the type of subject matter that deserves black and white photography.

Those old steam locomotives were the fastest, strongest, method of transportation the world had seen when these mammoth creatures were first manufactured.

Boy, how time flies, and opinions change.

Now going to the moon by man is old hat, and the space shuttle has been shut down! It is good to remember, and nothing does that better than still photography IMHO.

I appreciate you posting it Jim.

brandrx Forum Pro • Posts: 28,337
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That is a great image Jim. Thanks for posting it.

Until she died, my grandmother lived in Grapevine. I probably still have relatives that live there.



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ozdean Forum Pro • Posts: 24,075
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Wonderful photograph Jim, I'm sure it wouldn't be half as good in colour.
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GPGeneralPhoto Senior Member • Posts: 1,978
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I like that shot. Good use of B & W. I'm a sucker for old trains.
I'm thankful to still be able to...

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Rod Herdman Senior Member • Posts: 2,698
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Fabulous shot Jim. I can only echo the other replies, the B&W choice was a good one.



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Gerry Winterbourne Forum Pro • Posts: 13,191
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It's an interesting subject in its own right, Jim, but the way you've controlled the metallic reflections really boosts it as a photo.

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Ian J G Contributing Member • Posts: 674
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impressive thing and photo

kitsios_spyros Senior Member • Posts: 2,575
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Great capture!
Thanks for posting.

Kind Regards,

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JL Salvignol
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What a fantastic framing, Jim. And the choice of a shallow depth of field makes us physically feel the irreversible flight of time. Magic!

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DAD519 Contributing Member • Posts: 805
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Very nice shot. Thanks for sharing.


Foolishmortal Junior Member • Posts: 39
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Great Shot!

Ah Grapevine, reminds me of some of the times I spent out there with an ex from Texas. Well Grapevine does, not the train... but the steam part, well...

Sing along now! All my exes live in Texas...

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stanic042 Contributing Member • Posts: 585
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oh wow, now this is what I like too
awesome shot of beautiful machine, thanks

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jleoni1932 New Member • Posts: 10
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Great shot, trains, old and new are always interesting photo subjects.

Silvertooth Regular Member • Posts: 263
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Love the photo, Jim. Quick question for you: Do you have local support (dealers) for Pentax gear in the Dallas area? All we have in the Houston area is a box store. I have thought of selling the Nikon gear for the K-5 to get the weather seals and ability to use my old lenses from the K and M cameras (that I still love to use) and simply have a single system.


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